Photo Tip Friday

Photo Tip Friday : Macro
Mary Denman Photography

Today's tip involves learning to shoot macro.  What this means is bringing your focus down and making smaller things big.

So, how do we do this?

Well, let's start with the big picture. Literally.

Isn't this a gorgeous shot of a field of flowers? Notice the mountain in the background?

This is a great overall shot.

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But let's start bringing your focus down. Instead of the entire field, I'm focusing here on the clump of daisies. You no longer see the mountain.

I don't need the mountain in this shot. It's all about the daisies.

But they aren't the only flowers in the field.

Here is another flower. I hate to call it a weed. It may be, but it's still striking.

Notice how I looked up for this shot? You can still see the mountain, but it pales in comparison to the flower.

Finally, look at this close up of a daisy. This is what macro is all about.

You can see the center of the flower and actually count the Fibonacci numbers.

(Don't know what Fibonacci numbers are? Click here. Then go down to the bottom of the page and it shows Fibonacci numbers in a sunflower.)

Now, we can get even closer. But this week is for teaching the concept of macro photography. Next week, I'll teach you how to get closer with a point and shoot camera or with an SLR camera.

So, grab you camera and head out!

Hope this tip helps.

Keep clicking.



  1. Love this photography lesson, Mary. I just purchased a Canon PowerShot SX160 IS, and am learning how to use it. Can I get these types of macro shots on it?

  2. Absolutely Cynthia! Next week I'm going to talk more about macro photography. :) Start playing with your camera. Please feel free to leave any questions you have for me to answer.

  3. these are my favorite shots! especially the nature photos...I see things I never knew existed and get amazed every time at the order and patterns.

  4. Very interesting and informative. Wonderful shots!